Rates and valuations - your rates

Your rates in 2017/2018

How your rates have changed

In July 2015 Auckland Council completed the move to a single rates system. This means all Auckland properties of similar value and use pay similar general rates.

Last year’s rates were calculated using property values from the July 2014 revaluation. We will use those same property values for your rates this year.

Changes in property values don't impact the total amount of rates we collect. They just help to determine how rates are shared across ratepayers.

Saturday 1 July 2017 was the start of the 2017/2018 rating year. The general rates increased by 2.5 per cent. 


Annual budget  2017/2018

The Annual Budget 2017/2018 was adopted by the Governing Body on 29 June 2017 following public consultation in February and March 2017.

The key regional decisions made were:

  • rating stability - pausing the long-term differential strategy for one year
  • paying for tourism promotion - a targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers
  • paying for housing infrastructure - changing our revenue and financing policy to allow for targeted rates to fund infrastructure for new developments
  • paying council staff a living wage
  • funding to co-ordinate action on homelessness
  • changing waste management and charges
  • progressing the mass transit network
  • expanding the boundaries of the Manukau, Uptown and Wiri Business Improvement Districts
  • implementing Skypath.

What your rates pay for

Your rates are used to pay for things that make Auckland a great place to live, like improved public transport, events, parks and other community facilities. We continue to invest more than ever in communities, delivering more facilities and infrastructure for Aucklanders to enjoy.

Public transport

During consultation on the 10-year budget 2015-2025, Aucklanders told us to invest more in transport. So we agreed to invest an additional $523 million in transport over three years. This will be partly funded by an Interim Transport Levy from ratepayers, which is included in your rates bill. The rest will be funded by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) contributions and council borrowing.

Council funding

Rates provide approximately $1.64 billion (45 per cent) of the council’s funding.

The remaining $2 billion (55 per cent) coming from grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees, and debt. We use debt to invest in new assets, like infrastructure and new libraries, so that the cost of that asset is spread across the generations of Aucklanders who will use it.

Business ratepayers

We are slowly reducing the rates differential (the proportion they pay) on business properties. This will help to promote business and grow employment throughout Auckland.

In 2016/2017, we will collect 32.7 per cent of general rates from business. We will gradually reduce this rate to 25.8 per cent in 2036/2037.

Calculating rates

Rates are comprised of up to four components:

  • a Uniform Annual General Charge
  • a general rate
  • the interim transport levy
  • targeted rates (where applicable).

Uniform Annual General Charge

The Uniform Annual General Charge is a fixed rate applied to every rateable property.

In 2017/2018 the Uniform Annual General Charge is $404 for each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (e.g. a shop in a mall, a residential dwelling, or a granny flat).

General rate

The general rate is based on the capital value of the property. There are seven ways of calculating the general rate, depending on the type of property:

  • urban residential - 1.0000
  • urban business - 2.7375 x the urban residential rate
  • rural business - 2.4638 x the urban residential rate
  • rural residential - 0.9000 x the urban residential rate
  • farm and lifestyle properties - 0.8000 x the urban residential rate
  • no road access properties - 0.25000 x the urban residential rate
  • uninhabited islands - 0.0000 x the urban residential rate.

Interim transport levy

The interim transport levy is charged for each separate residence or business.

In 2017/2018, it is $113.85 for non-business ratepayers and $182.85 for business ratepayers.

Targeted rates

Targeted rates pay for specific services or projects for certain areas or properties. This could include refuse, recycling and inorganic collections or repayment of financial assistance (e.g. the Retro-fit Your Home scheme).

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